Tech Tip Tuesday: Honda A/C compressors

Watermarked Honda pic

Sometimes installing an A/C (air conditioning) compressor can be a pain; wrestling a 20lb. compressor above your face, contorting your arms in all sorts of unnatural positions, needing three gorilla mitts where only the hand of a preschool child will fit, all while trying to get just ONE bolt started so the whole thing won’t fall on your face. Finally, an engineer heard the cries of technicians, beat the bean counters on the 129th floor, and cast two small mounting tabs on late model Honda A/C compressors (circled above). These small ears fit into notches machined in the mounting bracket that allows the tech to simply hang the compressor on the bracket, leaving both hands free to hold a light and start a bolt (or get a cup of coffee and a doughnut). Thanks to whichever Honda engineer came up with this gem! Maybe he’ll work his way up the ladder and manufacturer a “technician’s car” where all the parts are perfectly visible and easy to get to and repair. We can dream, can’t we?

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